Bladder Surgery Recovery
Bladder surgery recovery depends on the procedure performed. The more invasive the procedure, the longer the recovery from bladder surgery. Open bladder surgery, such as an open cystectomy, is an invasive procedure that involves our surgeons making incisions in the body to extract the bladder, or part of the bladder, that is affected by a cancer bladder invasion. Cystectomy recovery, or bladder removal surgery recovery, can take several days or weeks and may involve pain at the surgical site as well as internal pain as the muscles and nerves mend. Bladder cancer surgery recovery can last longer depending how much cancerous tissue has been removed.
Bladder surgery recovery can also be affected by the amount of bleeding you experience during and after the procedure. Dr Edward Gheiler and Dr Fernando Bianco, two world renowned urologists in our Urology Specialists practice, can perform laparoscopic urologic surgery that is less invasive and offers you less scarring, less bleeding, and a shorter stay in the hospital. The same holds true for prostate surgery recovery or prostatectomy recovery that was performed to relieve urinary retention.
Dr Bianco is the leading expert in robotic da Vinci surgery. Recovery after bladder surgery under the da Vinci procedure is reduced because the greater accuracy and lesser amount of cutting allows for lesser bleeding during and after the procedure. TURP recovery, radio frequency recovery, and microwave therapy recovery also have short recovery times due to their less invasive methods for correcting urinary retention issues.
Reconstructive or invasive surgical recovery, such as bladder lift surgery recovery, bladder repair surgery recovery, or bladder suspension surgery recovery, will require a hospital stay for one or two days after general anesthesia is used. You can return to your normal routine in about 6-8 weeks, though you should increase your activity level gradually. For about three months you should avoid heavy lifting, standing for long periods time, or other strenuous activity. Women who undergo such surgeries can resume sexual intercourse within 6 weeks.Bladder surgery recovery can be comforted through medication and therapy. Pain medication can relieve any soreness or discomfort you feel until incisions or internal stitching has healed. You may have to continue further treatment measures after surgery, such as bladder therapy and bladder training, to help your body relearn how to control your bladder or learn how to use the neobladder that has replaced your bladder. It’s important to adhere to our doctor’s advice and follow through with suggested post-operative therapy and treatment to help ease your recovery.